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The Impression of the IslamicRevolution of Iran on the otherIslamicMovements

By: Sudabeh Sadat Ganji

Translated by NayyerehTowhidi

In his book on philosophy, IqbalLahori has predicted that Tehran would become the meeting place of the Muslims in the future. This prediction came true and in the wake of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran attracted the attention of the Muslim World, because the Islamic Revolution of Iran differs from other revolutions in terms of the motives behind its emergence and also in terms of the methods of struggle as well as in the goals it pursues, and can thus be different from the other revolutions in terms of achievements results and stands. These specifications are certainly rooted in the Islamic beliefs and principles. In other words, the Islamic Revolution of Iran, originating from the life-giving religion of Islam, was led to the revival of Islam in Iran and the world. One of the most significant dimensions to this revival is the rise and continued existence of the contemporary Islamic-political movements, in particular those emerging on the last two decades.   

For the causes behind such grand impression, certain commonalities can be regarded as the factors behind union, unanimity and unity of direction.

Here, it is really noteworthy to cite on expression made by the late leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini (RA): “The meaning of the export of our revolution is that all the world nations and all the governments be awakened and get rid themselves of their afflictions….”

As a matter of fact, the Islamic Revolution of Iran has been based on Monotheism and on the belief in the Prophetic Mission of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Hence, the Muslim revolutionary Iranian people regard the Holy Qur’an as the word of the Almighty Allah and the Divine Guide for mankind and likewise they regard the Ka’bah, Allah’s House as their prayer direction. They believe in the Day of Judgment, in Hereafter life, in peace and in fraternity and equality of men. 

Let’s ponder upon the precious direction presented by Imam Khomeini (RA) in this connection: “Unite your words through belief in Tawhid (Monotheism) which is shared by all of you and for the promotion of the Islamic interests which you all shared in.”

Needless to say, the other Islamic movements share these specifications with the Islamic Revolution of Iran. In fact, they have discarded secular and nationalistic slogans and adopted those of the Islamic Revolution.

As an example, we can mention the much repeated “Allah-u-Akbar” calls in the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, in the last decades, which can be regarded as the proof for the remark made by the supreme leader regarding the Muslim Algerian people’s shouting Allah-u-Akbar on the roofs.

As for the cultural ground, it goes without saying that cultural factors pave the ground and make the bases for the political movements. Obviously the Islamic Revolution of Iran made considerable, highly valuable impressions in terms of culture and cultural values. Demonstrations held in certain Muslim countries in which certain Islamic Revolutionary slogans have been chanted by the demonstrators are no doubt reflecting of the Islamic Revolution of Iran on the contemporary political movements.

Likewise, the Islamic Revolution of Iran propounded genuine cultural values to the political struggles of the Islamic movements. One of those values is belief in and inclination towards Jihad. In the wake of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Islamic movements have adopted Jihad (struggle in the way of Allah), self-sacrifice and martyrdom as basic principles. In other words, such principles as Jihad and self-sacrifice for the Divine cause which have been the symbols for the Shi’a revolutionary movements and the slogans of the Islamic Revolution of Iran have been admitted as the basic principles for the struggle and have come to be viewed as religious obligations. It has been reported that in a meeting with Imam Khomeini (RA), a leading Palestinian figure addressed the Imam, “Upon the rise of your Islamic Revolution, our great Muslim nation came to know that it has to adopt the same way of Jihad and struggle as yours.” Another Palestinian leader has been quoted as having said: “Islam was absent from the scene of struggles till the emergence of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.  This absence was visible even in the context of terms and expressions. For example, instead of the word ‘ Jihad’ , words such as Nizal and Kafah were used….”  

Also, through presenting the “neither the East, nor the West” slogan, the Islamic Revolution of Iran raised the banner of struggle against the world arrogant, domineering powers. In this regard too, Imam Khomeini (RA) has given many illuminating instructions, including: “Today our common enemies are the U.S. government, Israel and their allies. They have targeted our credit and aimed at putting us under their oppression again.  Repel this enemy.”

Accordingly, the Islamic Revolution of Iran share certain lofty goals with the contemporary Islamic movements, including the goal of eradicating oppression and tyrannical rules, the goal of the establishment of Islamic government in the Muslims’ lands, the implementation of Islamic rules and hoisting the banner of monotheism through negation of Satanic forces and reliance on Allah’s infinite power and through unity of the peoples, as Imam Khomeini (RA) repeatedly stressed: “All should be present at the scene and should be united. We want to guard Islam. This goal cannot be achieved if there is dispersion. Never imagine that keeping yourselves away from the scene is a way of getting rid of responsibilities.” 

As for adherence to unity, it should be stressed that this principle (emphasized by the late Imam and obeyed by the Muslim revolutionary Iranian nation)  has been another factor behind the attraction of the contemporary Islamic political movements, towards the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Since this Revolution, following in the example of the Islam of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) regards all Muslims assisters and  brothers of  whatever nationality, color, race or religious sect they might be and rejects any issue which may cause dispersion among Muslims. Initiating the “Unity Week” ceremonies attended by Muslims of various sects every year is one example of the Muslim Iranian revolutionaries’ belief in the universal brotherhood of the Muslims. A Pakistani journalist has remarked, “…. Another great impression made by Imam Khomeini (RA) is that though he is a Shi’a, his call and concern was for Islam as a whole and he was against disunity.” 

One further causes behind the spread of the Islamic Revolution and it’s being embraced by Muslim nations has been the fact that this Revolution is for the masses and directed towards the good and interests of peoples not those of tyrants, thus influencing the world Islamic political movements and attracting the world freedom-fighters who have realized that Islam is perfectly capable of mobilizing the masses against the domination-seeking powers. No doubt, when and where a people rely on God and unite for the fulfillment of a right goal, victory will be theirs. This is one of the life-giving lessons taught by the Islamic Revolution of Iran to the world nations.

In this connection, mention must be certainly be made of the undeniable role played by mosques in the process of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution of Iran as a consequence of which the other Islamic movements have come to regard the mosques and religious sites as the seat of the leadership of their Islamic political struggles. Thus, Muslims the world over have become intent on construction of more and more mosques. For example, as reported, the number of mosques in Palestine showed a remarkable increase in 1999-2000. Likewise, world Muslims are getting more and more inclined towards congregational and Friday Prayers and attending mosques and holding political talks there. So, the rulers of the Muslims’ struggle against oppressors have been formed in and spread from mosques and with Islamic thoughts and beliefs, gaining peoples’ approval and cooperation. That is why the second phase of Intifadha has become known as ‘Intifadhatul-Aqsa’. Even before that, the Intifadha was also referred to as the mosques’ revolution. A Palestinian Congregational Prayers leader has been quoted thus: “The mosque has become the source of inspiration, unity and cohesion of the Palestinian of combatants against the occupiers.”   

   Another manifestation of the Islamic Revolution of Iran embraced by the followers of today’s Islamic movements is hijab (Islamic covering). Upon the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, more and more girls and women in various countries such as Lebanon and Algeria, turned to hijab. Even in Turkey where there are severe oppositions to hijab by the government, girls and women have been exhibiting their adherence to Islamic covering on an increasing level. And Palestinian women and girls have become much more interested in hijab. Even in western countries, hijab has found its way among Muslims, both born Muslims and the converts. Obviously, the dignity given to a woman because of Hijab is attracting the attention of the world people in amazing ways. 

And last, but not the least, writing and chanting slogans in the style of Muslim Iranian revolutionaries have been favored by the Muslim revolutionaries in other countries. Writing the slogans of ‘La ilaha ill Allah’ (There is no God but Allah) and Muhammad Rasullallah, Muhammad(PBUH) is Allah’s Messenger, by the Egyptian revolutionaries struggling against the regime of Hosni Mubarak can be regarded as an example of the marked impressions made by the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

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